Friday, October 16, 2020
Wednesday, October 14, 2020
...then do I have 2 suggestions for you!
I saw that GoCleanCo had recommended this brand, and we have been dragging our feet too long on getting a vacuum that works well, so I took the plunge and added this guy to our family:
Guys, I vacuumed the carpets with our old vacuum that morning and then the new one was delivered, so I wanted to test it out. Look what it pulled up from three rugs THAT HAD ALREADY BEEN VACUUMED A FEW HOURS EARLIER!!
We really needed a new vacuum.
Also, since it's a Prime Day lightning deal right now, and I love this mop with my whole heart (easy to wring out! no bending over! throw the mop head in the washer!) I also strongly recommend this bad guy:
Your floors (and family) will thank you!
Friday, October 9, 2020
Wednesday, September 30, 2020
Dinner is such an important part of the day, don't you agree? In our home, the most common questions asked by the kids are "What's for dinner?" and "What time is dinner?" Phil and I also spend a lot of time talking about what to cook for dinner, what we need for dinner, when to start cooking, how to prep anything the day before, etc. Dinner is definitely the highlight of the day in our house. Because it takes up so much of our day to plan, shop for a last-minute ingredient, cook and serve a meal for nine each night, we try to make sure we all enjoy the meal together, and as slowly as possible.
Growing up in a family of eight, I can remember my mom finally sitting down at the table, only to have the first couple of kids already finish their plates. She or my dad would remind us that even though the meal could be eaten in a few minutes, a lot more time and love was spent creating it, and we needed to stay together at the table for a while. I think all moms understand the sentiment. On holidays, I can hear myself proclaim, "This took me all day to make, so you're going to slowly enjoy it!"
Monday, September 28, 2020
Friday, September 25, 2020
Wouldn't you know it...it's FRIDAY! And I'm linking up with the birthday girl, Kelly for Seven Quick Takes Friday.
Wouldn't you know it...right after I posted about quitting Instagram because it had blocked all of my activity, I heard that sometimes that happens because you have a website linked in your bio. I have this here bloggy linked in my Instagram bio, so I deleted it and VIOLA! I was able to comment/like/caption my photos and follow Jim Caviezel (which was the most important task of the week). So now I'm in a tough spot because I really do want to quit Instagram until after the election is over, but I also want to post a few things before then...we have birthday season coming up. What to do? Stick to my guns and quit cold turkey, or quit after Columbus Day?
A Fridge Saga.
Last week, my parent's fridge broke and it was a lot of scrambling for them, and sticker shock, to buy a new one that was available to take home. They offered us their old fridge, which wasn't that old and probably only needed a part that was no longer being made, but that we could possibly find on eBay or the likes. We hemmed and hawed and finally said no just get rid of it because our fridge was working fine, and we weren't sure if replacing that part would even work.
Wouldn't you know it...our fridge died this week! Seriously! On Tuesday we got home from work and the food was warm. We saved what we could from the freezer (I cooked the weirdest dinner that night trying to use whatever I could) and then ran out to a scratch and dent appliance store. We found a fridge that looked great, just a couple dents on the side, but nobody sees that, and two small dents on the bottom front, but seven kids are going to add to that anyway. We borrowed my dad's truck and picked it up (delivery was going to take three weeks!) and then the real fun began.
We live in a two-family house, on the second and third floors. So we had to get our old fridge down the stairs and our new one up the stairs. The old fridge was easy to remove because Phil broke it apart in pieces, but the new one was a BEAST to bring up our hundred-year-old narrow staircase. Phil actually had to cut out a chunk of our wall in the staircase to maneuver the fridge to fit. Then when he got it to the kitchen, we realized that we had installed an island since the last time we bought a fridge, and trying to get it around that was another major feat. But my strong, smart husband (and helpful teen boys) figured it out and seven hours later, the fridge made it to it's home.